Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 17, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Dumoulin dominates Giro time trial and takes Maglia Rosa; Peter Sagan wins stage 3 at the Amgen Tour of California; Van Vleuten triumphs in Durango-Durango event in the Basque Country; Quintana: ‘We lost more time than expected’; Thomas bounces back from stage 9 crash to nab second; Jungels stages recovery after Blockhaus disappointment; Aldag says it’s not certain yet that Cavendish will ride Tour de France; Van Garderen suffers further time loss; ASO and AEG agree on strategic partnership to develop cycling in Germany; California concussion incident raises questions, but what could have been done differently?; Diabetic rider Javier Megias chasing breakaway success at the Amgen Tour of California; Audio: Unnnamed rider suggests Movistar may have deliberately caused stage 9 crash; Video: The Maglia Rosa! 24 hours with Tom Dumoulin at the Giro d’Italia; Video: A near miss for Nairo Quintana; Video: Bob Jungels post-race interview from Stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia 2017; Video: Cyclist hit by bullet during bike ride; Video: Inside the Aqua Blue Sport team bus; Video: Dumoulin’s wayward elbows

Peter Sagan wins stage 3 at the Amgen Tour of California

by Matt de Neef

World champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) has claimed his first stage victory at the 2017 Amgen Tour of California and his 16th career stage win at America’s biggest race.

Sagan rode the final kilometre of the stage to perfection, moving up through the bunch on the uphill drag to the line in Morro Bay. When he launched his sprint, the Slovakian pulled ahead of his rivals and held on for his fourth victory in 2017. Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin) was second while Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) took the final spot on the podium.

Earlier in the stage, a group of five riders got clear to form the day’s breakaway: Danny Pate (Rally), Federico Zurlo (UAE Team Emirates), David Lozano (Novo Nordisk) and Sean Bennett and Ben Wolfe (both Jelly Belly-Maxxis). The leaders built a maximum advantage of 5:45 during the 186.5km stage — the longest of the race — but the teams of the big sprinters always had the race under control. Wolfe was the last of the breakaway riders to be caught as the race headed for a bunch sprint.

“The team was working all day in the front, chasing the breakaway. The team did a very good job,” Sagan said. “In the finale, I was a little bit back, and they helped get me in the right position for the final corner. I didn’t really accelerate, I just kept up the speed on the climb to the finish.”

Sagan’s teammate Rafal Majka finished in 24th place on the stage, three seconds down, and maintains his overall lead. He will wear the yellow jersey again on stage 4 tomorrow, a 159.5km stage from Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita that’s likely to end in another bunch sprint.

Stage 3: Pismo Beach > Morro Bay - Stage Result

Tuesday 16th May 2017

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Bora - Hansgrohe
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Team Katusha - Alpecin
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UAE Team Emirates